UK Daily Mail 
Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009
The controversial Gaza appeal raised £1m overnight after the film was broadcast despite the BBC’s continued refusal to air it.
Today, the corporation was hit by new claims of ‘inconsistency’ on the issue after running footage of the appeal and its telephone number.
Despite the fact that the BBC controversially decided not air the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal, its Ten O’Clock News showed snippets of the broadcast which aired in full on Channel 4, ITV and Channel Five.
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This followed earlier criticism over its apparent confusion on the issue, branded ‘farcical’ by one MP, which also saw its website carry a direct link to the DEC website, which was asking for donations.
The BBC has come under fire from politicians, religious leaders and prominent broadcasters after it decided not to air the appeal, claiming that it needed to protect its journalistic integrity above all else.
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Its stance has sparked demonstrations and more than 15,000 complaints.